How we work to save animals (part 1): Behind-the-scenes

By on August 2, 2022 with 6 Comments

If you follow our stories here on this blog or on our social platforms or email lists, you are probably familiar with the central calling that keeps us working day after day: to stand up and fight for all animals who are suffering. You’ve probably heard about our efforts around the globe to protect wildlife, improve farm animal welfare, promote animal-free testing methods and end industries that exploit animals. This is an enormous undertaking, and so you might have wondered what it really looks like to tackle such huge issues.

Thirty years ago, when I began this work, I only saw one facet of it—and it was something I will absolutely never forget: I was on a team that followed transport trucks full of terrified horses taking them to slaughter when there were still horse slaughter plants in the United States. By exposing what was happening inside these slaughter plants, we helped to end the practice of horse slaughter in the U.S.

A horse peering out from a slaughter transport truck. Kathy Milani/The HSUS

Flash forward to today, and I’ve learned how fighting for all animals takes strategy and persistence on multiple levels to create change. It takes the expertise of our staff—including scientists and veterinarians, educators and lawyers, animal caregivers and plant-based chefs, technology specialists and policy advisers, project managers and more. It takes inclusion, compassion and respect for one another and the partner organizations, allies and supporters who make our work possible.

By taking a multipronged approach, we not only help animals in need but also fight the root causes of their suffering—saving millions of other creatures from suffering a similar fate.

To help explain how your support helps us fight—and win—for all animals, I’m going to share a behind-the-scenes look at our work in the next few weeks here on the blog.

I’ll share with you how we help animals by focusing on ending the worst forms of institutionalized animal suffering. Our progress is the result of the support from our donors that enables our work with governments, the private sector and multinational bodies; public awareness and consumer education campaigns; public policy efforts; and more.

I’ll detail how we help animals by responding to large-scale cruelty cases and disasters around the world, providing rescue, hands-on care, logistics and expertise when animals are caught in crises. Our care centers heal and provide lifelong sanctuary to those who are abused, abandoned, exploited, vulnerable and neglected.

And I’ll explain how we help animals by creating a stronger animal protection movement through partnerships, trainings, support, collaboration and more, and how this empowers and expands the capacity of animal welfare advocates and organizations in the U.S. and across the globe.

Earlier this summer, I shared a bit about how I got into this work in the hopes that my story might inspire a new generation of animal advocates to use their skills to do good for our fellow creatures. I’m excited to share with you in more detail how together with our supporters we’re creating a more humane world for animals and how you can get even more involved to help secure that future. More soon.

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  1. Alan Alejandro Maldonado Ortiz says:

    Que bueno que exista gente comprometida con el bienestar de los animalitos

  2. Kathy Casino says:

    I am so thankful for your organization and others who rescue animals. I cannot understand how people can be so cruel to innocent and defenseless animals! Why can’t they be kind and let them live happy lives? I’m sure these people are also unkind to people.

    Thanks again for everything you do to save precious animals.

  3. Judy Barcenas says:

    How can I get one of the Beagle puppies that was rescued I live in Houston Texas An I would love to have a puppy ty

  4. Debra says:

    Dear HSUS,
    I have great respect for your organization and I am writing to ask for your help. The U.S. is doing shameful things to our wild horses and burros. The inhumane helicopter roundups that drive terrified families of wild animals into a cruel and terrifying existence. They are kept in crowded little holding pens for years or go to kill pens where they are doomed for slaughter. Some are adopted by individuals and rescue groups, but not enough. There is so much suffering for these family oriented mustangs, can you make it one of your projects to stop the Bureau of Land Management from taking these beautiful animals from there home so cattle farmers can graze their cattle on our public lands?
    Although there are rescue groups doing wonderful work for the mustangs, it is a huge job to stop the cruel practices that are driving the mustangs to extinction for the sake of the beef industry.
    Please help in any way you can.

    Debra Arrigo

    • Vicki says:

      Well said, I so agree! The helicopter round ups, holding pens and general “plan” is inhumane and egregious action perpetrated by the us government against wildlife and deserves greater attention and action!…Please help HSUS! In addition to the inhumanity of the treatment of wild horses, the round ups also pertain to water issues due to cows in the horses’ habitat; and our daily diet choices! Less killing and more plant based eating because we really need to get cows off public land, together we can!

  5. Rebecca Wood-Salvi says:

    We need to learn to live in harmony with animals and not to use them to ease, amuse and facilitate humans. HSUS is an organization that I’ve supported for some time; they work diligently and continually to rescue and protect these innocent and helpless animals. I urge everyone who can to donate to HSUS to further their selfless goal of saving animals.

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